The Free Gaza flotilla of eight ships is underway, with the boats from northern Europe heading into the Mediterranean to join up with the boats from Turkey and Greece. Amazing things are happening!
"... A 2000 ton cargo ship and fifty-person passenger ship owned by the European Campaign Against the Siege of Gaza, and Swedish/Greek Ship to Gaza campaigns left Athens to meet the Freedom Flotilla in international waters.
They follow hot on the trail of the cargo ships of Insani Yardim Vakafi (IHH’s) and Free Gaza’s MV Rachel Corrie. IHH’s remaining 1100 capacity passenger ship and cargo ship are to sail shortly from Turkey.
In Crete, the Free Gaza Movement is readying its two passenger boats for their imminent departure. ‘Al Samoud’ (The Steadfast’) and ‘Al Haya’ (The Ship of Life) were named by children from schools in occupied Gaza and Jerusalem... " (From Free Gaza's latest press release. Click here for more)
Israel has vowed to stop the ships "at any price" according to an Israeli security spokesperson. Israel has reportedly constructed a special prison camp to hold flotilla passengers. Meanwhile, the Turkish Prime Minister has warned Israel to keep its hands off the boats.
This will come to a head as soon as this weekend. The Free Gaza flotilla needs our support. News of the flotilla and Israel's threats has been -- surprise -- blacked out by US media. You can read about it or hear about it in The Jerusalem Post, Ha'aretz, Al-Jazeera, The Guardian, BBC, AFP, etc. etc. but NOT in the US. Guess it looks bad for Israel to use American military aid to attack unarmed civilians, including Americans.
We need to break the story, and hold our own government accountable for what Israel is doing with US support and military aid. We need your support and presence.
COME TODAY, MAY 27, 5 PM-7:30 PM TO DEMONSTRATE YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE FREE GAZA FLOTILLA. TELL THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT HANDS OFF HUMANITARIAN AID TO GAZA.
Meet at 5 pm on 42nd Street and 2nd Avenue. We will have a moving procession to the Israeli Consulate, The Daily News, and The New York Times. The procession will end at The New York Times at 41st Street and 8th Avenue.
Organizations organizing/endorsing: Adalah NY, Al Awda, ART, Brooklyn for Peace, Gaza Freedom March, Jews Say No, Middle East Crisis Response, Wespac, Women in Black Union Square -- will have signs and leaflets. If you bring your own signs, please focus on the Free Gaza flotilla and the humanitarian crisis in Gaza.